We came into Middlebury about 7 p.m. without a reservation, and were having no success finding satisfactory lodging...either the accomodations were looking past their prime or were clearly overpriced/less than welcoming. As we were leaving town two blocks off the attractive city main square, we saw the Swift Inn off to our right, a very impressive and attractive building set on several acres. My wife convinced me to check it out, and what a good decision.
We were graciously and sincerely welcomed by Michele Brown, who owns the inn with her husband Dan. She is a perfect hostess. We learned that the inn is the meticulously restored and clean 1815 residence of a former Vermont governor. The room was absolutely immaculate, with a fireplace (which we enjoyed). Breakfast was included in the reasonable rate; it turned out to be a cooked to order gourmet meal (fresh fruit all around, and I had the Mediterranean omelet). The inn has an elegant lounge and well stocked bar (great single malt selection), but we did not use it during our visit. In the morning we strolled around the appealingnearby city square, and checked out the attractive stores and bridge overlooking the tumbling waterfall. Middlebury College is worth a drive through...it is about a mile out of town. Based on our experience, I would not consider staying anywhere else in the Middlebury area. Middlebury is conveniently located to hiking and fishing, and shopping (including a neat wooden toy factory) and is not far (15-20 miles) from the many artisanal shops between there and Burlington, including Shelburne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic 20-room former governor's mansion is Middlebury's only classic full service Vermont Country Inn and offers the essence of New England warmth. Surrounded with 4 acres of lawns and gardens, inside, candlelit dinners await you. Large, comfortable rooms offer modern amenities in period decor, some with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary 24 hour coffee service, cookies, sauna, steam shower, comfortable wine bar and Middlebury's only accommodation where a full breakfast is included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swift House Hotel Middlebury